Our Holy Week Services
Don’t forget our Holy Week services at RUMC. We kick off the week with our choir’s Easter Cantata on Palm Sunday, March 29th at 10:00 AM. Both the chancel choir and the Riverview Ringers are slated to perform. Afterwards, the United Methodist Women will prepare a reception in Crichton Fellowship Hall.

On Wednesday April 1st, we will have a day of Prayer and Fasting, and there will be no Wonderful Wednesday potluck or Bible study. 

The Maundy Thursday service will be held on Thursday, April 2nd at 6:00 PM in Crichton Fellowship Hall. Every one will be asked to bring a food item that might be shared at a Passover meal. All foods are to be eaten with the fingers—no utensils should be needed. We will also celebrate Holy Communion on that evening. The service is designed to remind us of The Last Supper.

We will join our fellow congregation at St. Andrews United Methodist Church for Good Friday services on Friday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM.

The Maundy Thursday service will be held on Thursday, April 2nd at 6:00 PM in Crichton Fellowship Hall. We will join our fellow congregation at St. Andrews United Methodist Church for Good Friday services on Friday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM.

Easter Sunday is April 5th. On that date we will be conducting two Easter services. Our Sonrise Service at 8:00 AM will be held “down by the river” behind the parsonage. Our regular Easter Service will be held at 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary (note this special time). Between these two services, the Care Committee will be serving an Easter Sunday Breakfast in the fellowship hall.

We hope to see you at one or all of these events. Be sure to invite your family, friends and neighbors, too. Let’s be the Easter destination for many in our community.

Time to Order Your Easter Lilies
With the start of the Lenten season, it’s time to order your Easter lilies. Each plant will cost $7.50, paid in advance. Use the special form in your Sunday bulletin or order them in the church office, but they must be ordered by Wednesday, March 25th. The form allows you to order lilies in honor or in memory of special persons that were impactful in your life. Take this opportunity to brighten Easter morning.

Manly Man Yard Sale Coming April 18th
The RUMC United Methodist Men are planning to hold their annual “Manly Man” yard sale on Saturday, April 18th from 7:00 AM until 1:00 PM. They are looking for donations of tools, power tools, recreational equipment, yard furniture and collectibles.

If you have some old tools, an old fishing rod, a set of golf clubs, an Adirondack chair, a boat or a raft, or even a set of old baseball cards, we would like to turn your item into treasure for the church. If you would like to make a donation, contact Jack Findlay (813)626-9569 or drop off your donation any Wednesday through Saturday morning and ask for Joe Cornell.

“Imagine No Malaria” Events
Friday, April 17th is the South Central District’s Day of Prayer and Awareness for the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign. Saturday, April 25th is World Malaria Day, and “Imagine No Malaria” events will be planned throughout the Florida Conference. We asking each person to donate $10 to this cause, so that RUMC can generate $1,000 in giving to “Imagine No Malaria” as a church family.

Say Farewell to Gemma
Gemma Armstrong, who has been the long-time chairman of the Board of Trustees, and who has been active in many church activities will be leaving us soon. She is returning to her native Trinidad, to return to her family there and to help take care of her mother.

On Sunday, April 19th, we will all have a chance to thank Gemma for her service and to wish her well in the next phase of her life. There will be a reception in her honor immediately after church. The event will be sponsored by the Care Committee who will provide finger foods and small sandwiches.

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Bible Passage of the Week
God and Love
Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God.  The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him. This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins.

Dear friends, if God loved us this way, we also ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. If we love each other, God remains in us and his love is made perfect in us.

1 John 4:7-12 (CEB)
Calendar of Events

Sunday, March 29
Palm Sunday/Choir Easter Cantata. Sanctuary, 10:00 AM
Choir Reception by UMW.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 11:15 AM.

Wednesday, April 1
Day of Prayer and Fasting. No Wednesday Potluck or other activities

Thursday, April 2
Maundy Thursday Service.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 6:00 PM

Friday, April 3
Good Friday Service. St. Andrews UMC, 3315 Bryan Rd. Brandon, FL

Sunday, April 5
Sonrise Service. Down By the River, 
8:00 AM
Easter Sunday Breakfast.  Crichton Hall, 9:00 AM—10:30 AM
Easter Sunday Worship.  Sanctuary, 10:30 AM (Special Time)

Thursday, April 9
Financial Peace University Begins.  Library, 6:45 PM

Friday, April 17
“Imagine No Malaria” Day.  South Central District.

Saturday, April 18
“Manly Man” Yard Sale. Crichton Hall, 7:00 AM-1:00 PM.

Sunday, April 19
Gemma Armstrong Farewell Reception.  Crichton Fellowship Hall, 11:15 AM

Saturday, April 25
World Malaria Awareness Day. Selected events throughout the Florida Conference.

Pastors Message
Prayer Requests
About Us

8002 U. S. Highway 301 South, Riverview, FL  33578  813-677-5995
Service Times:
9:00 AM -- Faith Groups for All Ages
 (Sunday School)
10:00 AM-- Worship Service

Rev. Merritt Waters, Pastor

Here at Riverview First United Methodist Church, it is our mission to win people to Christ, to train believers to become disciples, and to send disciples to impact our community and the world for Jesus Christ.
Download the April, 2015 BELL Newsletter from this link.
RUMC Launches Online Giving

Riverview First United Methodist Church is excited to announce that you can now manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Or you can enter one-time contributions from the internet or by smart phone.

To get started, simply follow these easy steps:

  • Click on the Online Giving button below. This will take you to our church’s online giving webpage.

  • Click on our Create Profile button on that webpage.

  • Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring or one-time contributions.

We also offer a mobile app version of our online giving page. Now, you can give anytime using your smart phone or tablet. Simply scan the image found in your Sunday bulletin or monthly Bell Newsletter using your device’s QR code reader.

Financial Peace University 
Returns to RUMC
This life-changing class taught by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team on video will be hosted and coordinated by Connie Mosley. The course will help you to achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for you money and change your family’s fortunes forever.

Financial Peace University classes will be held on Thursday evenings starting on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Classes begin at 6:45 PM and will be held in the library at the north end of Crichton fellowship hall.
The cost for this nine week course is only $93.00, a savings from the $199 list price. The cost covers the complete FPU training course and materials. Register online at this site.